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What Causes Children to get Hives (Urticaria)?

Updated on August 22, 2016
What Causes Children to Have Hives
What Causes Children to Have Hives

Some children may break out into hives due to an allergic reaction of something they have eaten. It's a good idea to make the child a doctor's appointment to find out exactly why the hives are there. The Pediatrician might prescribe or recommend that the child take an antihistamine orally or on the skin. The prescribed oral medication would be an antibiotic or an antihistamine medication, and the topical cream would be something such as a Benadryl cream, Cortizone 10, Calamine Lotion, or Eucerin.

Hives are red or pink raised bumps on the skin that is irritable. Hives may show up in a few minutes or up to 2 hours, and hives may go away in a few hours or a few days. Hives on a child's skin may be caused by exposure to cold such as swimming in a swimming pool. Hives can breakout anywhere on the skin from small patches to big.

Some children may never get hives on their skin ever in life. About 15% - 25% of people will experience having hives for different reason.

Contact a doctor immediately if the child has trouble breathing or a fever as one the symptoms of hives.

Causes of Hives

  • Extreme heat
  • Animals, insect bites, or plants
  • Certain skin products like lotions or creams
  • Certain medications
  • Physical exercise
  • Soaps or perfumes
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Infections or common colds
  • Nervousness, stress or anxiety
  • Pets or other animals
  • Certain foods, especially milk, nuts, or shellfish

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